Medford Arts Council
Established in 1980, the Medford Arts Council works to bring high-quality cultural programming to the community, increase public access to Medford’s many cultural assets, and promote favorable conditions for our creative economy.
On an annual cycle we offer grants to artists, writers, performers, instructors, and cultural organizations seeking to engage the Medford public. We also help sponsor new public arts and humanities initiatives in Medford.
The funds we distribute are an annual allocation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council through their Local Cultural Council program. The Council also receives funding from the City of Medford.
The Council funds public events like the Arts Across Medford festival, Circle the Square, and West Medford Open Studios, as well as dozens of concerts, classes, field trips, performances, and other activities in disciplines including dance, theater, music, science, history, literature, craft and design, and the visual arts.
85 George P. Hassett Drive
Medford, MA 02155
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FY22 Local Priorities
The Medford Arts Council is pleases to provide direct grant funding. This means you will receive your money for your project up front! Grant recipients must complete and submit a Grant Acceptance Form and W-9, and will be paid once those forms have been processed by the City of Medford. NOTE: You don’t have wait to complete your project before claiming your grant. Once your project is done, grantees must submit a short final report. There will be no requirement to submit receipts and invoices.
Below are the Medford Arts Council’s local priorities for 2022:
1. Cultural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically marginalized groups to highlight the current and historical diversity of Medford. Projects that create opportunities for artists and community members who identify as Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQX, refugee, immigrant, or person living with a disability. Such projects may include coalition building, research, leadership and youth development with a focus on arts and culture.
2. Public Art: Temporary or permanent art – performing or visual, 2D or 3D, outdoor or indoor, physical or virtual – to be exhibited in public, open spaces in Medford, such as a park, municipal building, or neighborhood square. We will pay attention to the particular qualities of a proposed site and how the project’s design fits in the site, and we encourage projects that are participatory and accessible for all potential audiences. The project should seek to create a memorable experience for the public.
3. Projects that seek to enhance the vitality of Medford’s squares and business districts (for example, Medford Square, Haines Square, South Medford, Hillside, West Medford, Wellington, Station Landing, etc.) with cultural activities or displays that rely on visitors’ casual discovery or purposeful attendance.
4. Projects involving partnerships or collaborations among individuals or organizations. We are especially interested in deeply collaborative processes that fully involve the talents, skills, and resources of multiple contributors and include different perspectives within the community.
5. Projects in the humanities (literature, history, etc.) or science and technology (natural resources, environmental issues, STEAM, etc.), especially if they focus on Medford-related topics or themes, and/or use local resources or talent. Priority may be given to approaches that show innovation in audience participation, content development, or use of materials. Projects that combine the humanities and interpretive sciences are especially welcome.
FY22 Local Guidelines
Local Medford guidelines
In addition to the general state guidelines for LCC grants and cultural field trip grants, we have specific local guidelines.
Timetable: For the grant cycle with a deadline of October 15, 2021, grant applications must be for events or programs taking place between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.
Attendance data and proof of promotion: Applicants for the current grant cycle who have been awarded a Medford Arts Council grant for a similar event or project in a past grant cycle are required to provide data on attendance for each project or event receiving funding, along with copies of any promotional materials. The materials must be provided as an attachment to the current grant application. If, however, the event or project has not been held prior to the application deadline, the information on attendance and promotional materials may be provided in an email to the Council as soon as possible following the event.
Local planning: You must show that you have made specific plans to hold your event or activity in Medford. That means including a specific letter of support from the organization which controls the local venue. For example, if you plan to hold your event at the Medford Public Library, you must include a letter of support from the Medford Public Library saying that they want to host your event. We do not fund applications which show no sign of specific local planning.
Collaboration: Projects involving collaboration must include a letter from the collaborating individuals or organizations confirming their commitment to the project.
Business sponsorships: The Council recognizes the tremendous value of the different contributions that area businesses can make to the local creative economy. Partnerships between these businesses and our grant applicants can help leverage private and public resources for the benefit of our community. The Council welcomes proposals that show public-spirited collaboration between applicants and businesses with the capacity to host or sponsor cultural events in Medford, and encourages the submission of proposals that allow new public arts and culture programming to take place with the assistance of businesses that have agreed to offer space, expertise, or other resources. The Council will look favorably upon proposals of merit that demonstrate a commitment by partner businesses to provide partial funding for the proposed project.
Transportation: We do not fund transportation for field trips.
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines